Humble Stories

Amid wars. Amid earthquakes and huricanes.

Hate and contempt. Poverty and blight.

Homelesness and famine.

There is one thing that will always prevail.

Hope.

What makes us humble

It’s the realization that we owe a great deal to one other that makes us humble. That each of us has a purpose in life that cannot be attained without help. You admire people who prevailed against all odds, but remember that they did so because a hand was extended to them at some point. And most of the time that hand will never be forgotten and the good deeds will be repaid to others in need. That’s when one experiences a transformation into a humble being. When you suffer deeply or are in the lowest point of your life, all you have left is hope. And when that hope is fulfilled by a fellow human being whom you never met before, you are stunned at first, then grateful, and the very next impulse is to try to do the same.

Please join me in exploring this beautiful human nature of us through stories, because there is no better way to learn than from stories. That’s how we grew up, that’s how we first learned what the world is. And what’s beyond the world.

Damian Stratovsky,
writer and collector of humble stories.

Humble People

I was raised in a very humble environment, and I was always taught to be humble to the things that are happening in my life because they're blessings. They're blessings in every way. Whether you're able to help someone get through a tough time in their life through your music or through comedy, or whatever it is, you're just a channel. Justin TimberlakeJustin Timberlake
Don’t walk only when it’s convenient; don’t merely walk till you get tired; keep walking through it all. Walk to Beautiful. Jimmy WayneJimmy Wayne
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work. Mother TeresaMother Teresa

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Find hope where no light has ever reached

A thirteen-year-old boy is left by his own mother in a parking lot, in a city hundreds of miles away from home. She then drives off into the night with her lover. Never to be seen again. Years later, after going through foster care, detention centers, and homelessness, the once lost boy becomes a country music star and dedicates his existence to raising awareness of the needs of children in foster care.

Unfortunately, not everyone who encountered awful adversities in life was able to overcome them. Many people go through a lot of pain and torments and end up being like their tormentors. They end up in prison and during the years of confinement they gradually find themselves. A young writer decides to volunteer in a women prison and teach a group of convicts to write their life stories. In the process, the women discover their true beautiful souls and go through a riveting transformation.

For one hundred years, between 1860 and 1960, people in Hawaii suspected of contacting leprosy were forcibly exiled to the island of Molokai and abandoned there for the rest of their lives. Most of them were not even sick, but any suspicion of having the disease would send them to the Colony with no hopes of return. Lives destroyed. Hopes stifled. Dreams shuttered. But when perfectly healthy people volunteered to care for the sick and end up giving up their lives for it, their existence becomes nothing short of sainthood.

This is the kind of the stories you will find here. Stories to remind you of how lucky you are if you happen to ride the wave, or give you hope if you are down below. Please join me in my quest to find beauty in the souls deemed to be the darkness and hope where no light has ever reached.